Maryland Points System
Most moving infractions that do not cause an accident are assessed one point. Maryland has a comprehensive list of offenses and the points attached to them but here is a quick overview of the most frequent:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs – 12
- Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs – 8
- Unlawful use of your driver’s license – 12
- Loaning or borrowing a driver’s license – 12
- Speeding (9 miles per hour (mph) or less) – 1
- Speeding (10 mph and over) – 2
- Speeding (20 mph or greater over the 65 mph speed limit) – 5
- Speeding (30 mph and over) – 5
- Driving without a license – 5
- Speed contests – 5
- Driving alone with a learners permit – 5
- Driving without proof of insurance – 5
- Reckless driving – 6
- Driving with a suspended license – 3
- Failure to stop at a red light – 2
- Failure to stop for a school bus – 2
- Improper turn – 1
- Clicking off your lights to evade identification – 8
- Failure to yield – 1
For a complete overview and list of the points system, visit the Motor Vehicle Administration Website.
Regardless of the number of potential points, you need to know in advance of a trial how the judge may determine your total points. If you have more than one citation or traffic offense, the points for one event will not be the aggregate or total of all the possible points.The maximum points attributable to one of the convictions will be the maximum number of points for the one violation that has the maximum number of points. For example, let’s assume an individual is charged with speeding in excess of 20 miles per hour which carries 5 points, charged with driving on a suspended license (3 points), and charged with Driving While Impaired by Alcohol (8 points), making a total point-count of 16. However the maximum numbered point violation and its points is applied. In this example the most points for any of the three citations are 8 points for the Driving While Impaired by Alcohol. Therefore if you are found guilty of all three citations, you will only receive 8 points and not 16 points.
If you are stopped for a traffic offense, never admit anything. The least said the better. You may not be aware of the fact that the police officer who pulled you over will not be able to prove his case without your admitting your guilt with regard to the offense. Officers have notes with their copies of your citation(s) and, if you admit your guilt, they will likely testify at trial that you, the defendant, admitted violating the statute.
There are sanctions that are imposed for having too many points. They arise from the Maryland Motor Vehicle Statute that. upon conviction of alcohol-related driving offenses, your license may be suspended or revoked. However, there are ways of requesting and attending a hearing before the Motor Vehicle Administration that result in no suspension or revocation of your Maryland driver’s license. Also non-residents need to be very careful about their driving status because non-residents may have additional issues including license issues back in their home state.
Navigating through the maze of laws and regulations is a challenge for lawyers and especially for the driver who would typically not be familiar with the legal process. Such a driver is extremely vulnerable without our assistance. Call me today at 410 730 4404 for a free initial consultation.